I haven't watched a full episode since Season 6, but I had to watch the finale. I still remember seeing the commercials for the pilot episode. If I'm not mistaken it was on the same night as "Joey" which was supposed to be the next big thing for NBC which is weird to think about now.
The writers did an excellent job covering several character plots and subtleties that even someone who hasn't watched it in years like me wouldn't feel like they were lost. Glad to see Dwight gained control of the office, was blessed on his wedding day by his mentor Micheal and best friend Jim, and married his workplace sweetheart Angela. Excellent finale, just excellent.
Originally posted by LeroyAt least we have Parks & Rec. - speaking of which, was Karen the only major character to not make an appearance? Even Carol the Realtor had a cameo....
Gabe needed closure.
Gabe pathetically begging Erin for another chance (when Andy hired he and Pete's exes) counted as closure enough, I guess. I have new respect for Zach Woods after seeing that amazing outtake of him (clearly improvising) mocking Dwight's arms and just cracking up Rainn Wilson and Jon Krasinski.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I think there's a LOT of over hype about this finale. The only part I really felt was sweet was the appearance from Joan Cusack as Erin's mom.(then they killed the gag with Ed Begley Jr) They've seem to have forgotten over the past three or four episodes that Angela was a bitch. She's all huggy and mushy with the people in the office that she hated for all these years.
The Ryan and Kellie bit was dumb. Toby crying was dumb.
The Creed bit was amusing, but not his best stuff by far.
The only laugh out loud moment for me was Meredith complaining they never showed her getting her Counseling degree.
The show changed when Michael left, and I was one of the few who enjoyed the post Michael Scott era, but this finale was garbage and was just one big let down.
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As someone who just left my office of six years, this hit me harder right now than it would have at any other time. Its a finale that is remarkable in that it solidly ended the show and gave every major character some sort of note to go out on that made sense.
OF COURSE Ryan and Kelly would wind up back together. Kelly being mature enough to marry Ravi was out of character for her. And of course if there's ever a follow up they won't be together in a year.
Creed stole the show in the way that Creed always does.
I loved how Erin was the last to realize that was her mom talking to her.
I want Jim to be my Best Man.
I'll miss not having this show to watch on Hulu on weekends to come this fall.
The last three episodes were outstanding, loved every bit of them.
Someone mentioned that Angela went from hating everyone in the office to missing them/being happy, you need to look at it from the perspective of when she had that one conversation with Andy; "don't let your ego get in the way". It was a huge moment for Angela, she had truly hit rock bottom at that point. She still had some "Angela" moments ("I wouldn't know, I never lived with a gay man"), but that was the start of the progression of her character. Her marriage to Dwight further solidified things.
Micheal's role was splendidly done. Just the right touch.
Really liked how they handled Dwight, especially with him and Jim becoming honest-to-goodness friends. The Dwight/Pam dynamic has been there for a few seasons, but Dwight/Jim finally reached that point where one would be satisfied. The "guten pranks" gradually being one upped from each previous one, and finally with "I'm firing you so you get severance". His final talking head was money.
Actually, all of the talking heads were great. Andy's was solid. Dwight talking about the relationships he found while working there was wonderful. Jim and Pam's was of course good good.
Really, the last three episodes brought about great closure. I haven't watched much since "Good bye Michael", but this truly seemed like a wonderful send off for these characters. The arcs all got tied up, and I'm a sucker for happy/sappy endings. Every character pretty much got something happy:
Dwight: Dream job, wife, a godfatehr for his son (ps; he has a son), friends.
Angela: Husband, friends,
Darryl: Successful job.
Andy: Dream job, gave a commencement speech.
Jim: Helped others achieve their dreams, getting his own dream along with Pam.
Pam: See above.
Michael: Happily married, with enough photos for two phones.
Erin: Meets her parents.
Stanley: Retired in Florida.
Kevin: Has his own bar.
Nellie: Now has a kid.
Ryan/Kelly: Well, I guess.
Think the only one who didn't get a happy ending was Toby. Who is Toby.
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I thought Ward and Skye came off better in this episode than they did in the pilot, although Ward still comes off as almost unrealistically stupid, refusing to listen to the science guys as to the proper way to move a volatile alien superweapon.